LEXINGTON, Ky. - After four consecutive weeks of being ranked No. 1, the Southwest Minnesota State volleyball team dropped to a tie for the No. 2 ranking in this week's edition of the American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA) Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
After making history by earning the first ever No. 1 ranking in program history four weeks ago, the Mustangs (26-2) fell to a tie for the No. 2 ranking following a 3-0 loss to No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday.
With a 3-0 sweep of SMSU, Concordia-St. Paul (796) recaptures the No. 1 ranking with 28 of 32 first-place votes. SMSU (751) and Nebraska-Kearney (751) are tied for the No. 2 ranking. Washburn (689) was ranked fourth, while BYU-Hawai'i (652) and Minnesota Duluth (652) are tied for fifth. Other NSIC schools to be ranked in the AVCA Top 25 this week were Wayne State (16th), and Minnesota State (24th).
Southwest Minnesota State has now been ranked in the AVCA Top 25 for 91 consecutive weeks, dating back to Sept. 5, 2006.
SMSU will head to St. Paul, Minn. to take on the No. 7 seed Minnesota State, Mankato in the quarterfinal round of the NSIC tournament hosted by Concordia-St. Paul. SMSU has already defeated MSU in the previous two meetings this season.